Comelec has money for Camarines Sur plebiscite



Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad has allowed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to use a portion of its P4.733-billion savings for 2011 to fund the holding of a plebiscite in Camarines Sur on the proposed creation of the province of Nueva Camarines (NuevaCam).

In a letter to Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes dated April 12, 2012, Abad said the poll body may also use its savings for the reregistration of voters in ARMM and the recall elections in Samar and Danao provinces instead of using its savings for 2013.

Abad stressed the need to push through with the CamSur plebiscite, the reregistration of ARMM voters and the holding of the recall elections, saying they are “crucial in our overall pursuit of reforms and good governance.”

“As the budget preparation phase has begun for Financial Year (FY) 2013, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is steadfast  in ensuring that all units of government are provided ample support to enable them to deliver their mandates,”  he said.

He said the DBM  would provide the Comelec with the necessary administrative and other support requirements for the current savings.

“Should the Comelec need technical assistance in designing the FY 2013 budget to make it to your operational requirements, the DBM units concerned are ready to extend support,” Abad added.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, has been copy-furnished Abad’s letter to the Comelec chair. Marcos’ committee is hearing House Bill No. 4820 which seeks to carve out NuevaCam from the 4th and 5th Districts of Camarines Sur. The House of Representatives passed HB 4820 with a 229-1 vote.

During the last hearing of the committee, a Comelec lawyer said they had no budget for the holding of a plebiscite to the delight of oppositors led by Camarines Sur Governor LRay Villafuerte, son of one of the bill’s proponents, Camarines Sur Representative Luis Villafuerte Sr. Another Camarines Sur representative, Arnulfo Fuentebella, was the bill’s principal sponsor.

Fuentebella said in his earlier talks with officials of the Comelec and the DBM that there was an understanding that a portion of the Comelec’s 2011 savings may be used to bankroll the CamSur plebiscite which is a constitutional requirement.

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  • randyaltarejos

    A new province in Bicol means a new governor, board members and a congressman. This means more sinecures whose salaries will be funded by millions of taxpayers’ money. New breed of politicos means more financial magicians to bleed the coffer.

  • Joey

    why do we keep creating new provinces, new towns, new cities, new congressional districts?  nakaka-inis na talaga this tendency of our political dynasties to please all their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren by assuring there will be enough political posts for all of them when the patriarch/matriarch goes… and they have the nerve to lie to the people, saying it is all to “better serve them” with a leaner government unit.

    we really should have a constitutional amendment (NOT a new constitution) prohibiting the creation of new political territories!

  • Boying

    Huli na yan mga TSONG!!

  • Jon

    Atat na atat yata lagyan ni Abad ng bagong probinsya at manok sa Bicol.
    Hindi kaya mas importante ang bigyan ng kuryente ang mga taga Mindanao kaysa dito?
    Kung may common sense at malasakit si Abad, baka doon na lang sana niya ilagay ang pondo.
    Kaysa sa walang ka kwenta-kwentang aksaya ng pera sa pagbuo ng isa pang probinsya.

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      tama!….it will only serve some politicians to retain their powers…samantalang ang mga tagga mindanao, naghihirap sa black outs…noynoying talaga itong mga admin ni penoy

  • Nixon A. Baban

    get your acts together boys. your pronouncements are inconsistent, “papaling-paling” at very subjective. how about the recall petition in palawan against governor mitra where 158,000 people have signed? you can not favor one or a few and disregard the rest. we in cdo have foregone with our signature campaign for the recall of the incumbent mayor when comelec announced that it is dropping all 32 pending petitions because of no available funds for the subject purpose despite some of which have already complied with the provisions of the law. P-noy should start being on top of the situation and should never lose sight of the very reason why he was chosen to lead this country. And to LEAD is what we need of him. Be a hands-on pres., mr. P-noy, less you wake up one day and find out that the reins of government are no longer in your hands.

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